Angelina Jolie’s stunt trainer Simon Crain spilled how she got secret-agent strong for her role in Salt. Ashley Mateo of SELF gets the run-down.
Running around in stilettos is not something you should try without a professional spotter. “Women look great in stilettos, but they are totally impractical.” said Crane. “We had to have several other shoes standing by, ranging from same-colored sneakers to slightly lower heels.”
“I know her strengths and how to capitalize on them,” said Crane, who has previously worked with Jolie on a number of movies. “For her fight training, we got her learning a combination of Muay Thai and Krav Maga very early on. We would then pick the moves she was best at and combine them into a sequence. The training, at the early stages, took up about three to four sessions a week, lasting approximately two hours each.” Once filming started, they trained during lunch breaks and on the weekends.
Working out that much requires serious nutrition. Jolie ate four or five meals a day, but cut out junk food and alcohol except on the weekends. The real secret? “She has to have 70% carbohydrates and 30% protein diet with an anaerobic training regime as opposed to aerobic, so she can put muscle on without losing weight.”